2015 Sogni Della Speccia
Shale Peak Vineyard lies in a viticultural nowhere land in Solano County, on a west facing slope on the foothills below Lake Beryessa. Aptly named, the soil is composed of pure shale with no topsoil to speak of. This forbidding soil combined with a dearth of available water makes for a most forbidding site to grow winegrapes, and the resultant concentration and intensity found in the wine is a testament to the herculean effort these vines put forth to carry their fruit through to harvest. The name ‘Sogni della Speccia’ translates to ‘Dreams of the Mirror’ from the Italian. In Salman Rushdie’s novel ‘The Enchantress of Florence’ La Speccia is the name given to a princess’ handmaiden who is the mirror image of her mistress. This Sangiovese, with its grace, power, and aromatic allure, comes to us as the distillation of the dreams of Shale Peak’s vines, the mirror image of the growing season that produced this wine.
The fruit was hand-picked and fermented with 100% stem inclusion. Given vigorous pigeage at reception to break up the whole clusters and minimize carbonic character, the must received no sulfur at reception and underwent pigeage and/or punchdowns twice daily. Fermentation lasted 20 days at which time the wine was pressed down to neutral 227L barriques. The wine was racked off of its lees at 10 months and saw a total of 21 months elevage. Bottled unfined and unfiltered. As with all Forlorn Hope wines, no new oak is utilized, and nothing was added to the must or wine (no cultured yeast, ML bacteria, water, tartaric acid, enzymes, nutrients, etc) with the exception of minimal effective SO2.
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